LAKEWOOD, WA — A special groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. June 10 at the future site of the Rainier science and technology building, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood.
College officials and local dignitaries will celebrate the start of construction of the 80,645-square-foot Rainier building, which will contain classrooms, science and math labs, faculty offices, and two wintergardens (plant-filled glass atriums).
This eco-friendly building is designed to achieve a silver rating based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, allowing the building itself to be part of the college’s curriculum and increased focus on environmental sustainability.
The anticipated cost of construction is $21.2 million. The first classes in the Rainier building are planned for winter or spring 2010.
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom President Denise Yochum said the new facility will allow the college to enhance its existing science and math programs and provide greater educational opportunities for students.
“We currently have excellent math and science faculty and programs. Adding new, updated facilities will enhance the experiences and the successes of our students,” she said. “We also believe this new facility, along with our approach to curriculum, will attract even greater numbers of top notch science and math students, and provide greater opportunities for K-12 educational and community partnerships.”
The building is being built adjacent to Fort Steilacoom Park on the north side of the college’s campus. The groundbreaking is open and the community is encouraged to attend. Parking will be in the college’s north parking lot, adjacent to the construction site. Signs will be posted the day of the event to direct visitors.